Medical errors rank among the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Many incidents of malpractice result in permanent nerve damage to the patient. Depending on which nerves are affected, these types of injuries can leave the victim burdened with permanent and severe symptoms, such as chronic pain, numbness, weakness, or even paralysis of the affected limb.
If you or one of your family members suffered nerve damage after receiving poor medical care in the Oklahoma City area, the malpractice attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook may be able to help you and your loved ones get compensated. Our respected team approaches every case with more than 75 years of legal experience handling complex malpractice claims. Through our combination of tenacity, innovation, and dedication to the pursuit of justice, our attorneys have repeatedly obtained favorable results under challenging circumstances.
Let us put our skill and experience to work for your family. To set up a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. We are proud to serve residents of Oklahoma City and the surrounding communities.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim Against My Doctor or Surgeon?
Medical procedures are not without some inherent risk. However, healthcare professionals are expected to minimize these risks by taking reasonable precautions against potential complications and problems.
Doctors, surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists, and other types of healthcare providers are all held to extremely rigorous professional standards. When a healthcare professional injures or kills a patient by making an error that should have been preventable under the circumstances, he or she may be liable for compensating the victim, or, in the case of a wrongful death, the decedent’s surviving family members. If you suffered nerve damage, or any other types of injuries or complications, because your doctor didn’t perform his or her professional duties adequately, you may be a victim of medical malpractice.
If you think your symptoms or injuries were caused by the care your doctor provided, or failed to provide you with, you should speak to our attorneys about the options that could be open to you. Depending on how your nerve injury occurred, you may be able to recover compensation for various losses, costs, and harms you endured, including:
- Your pain and suffering.
- The medical bills resulting from the nerve damage.
- Earnings you lost while you were out of work due to the injury.
Are You Suffering These Common Effects of Nerve Damage?
The nervous system is a fragile, elaborate collection of nerve cells and nerve fibers. It is comprised of two components: the central nervous system (CNS), which refers to the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which is made up of motor effectors and sensory receptors throughout the trunk and limbs. Sensory nerves convey information from the outside environment (e.g. temperature, pressure), autonomic nerves manage involuntary physical functions (e.g. heartbeat, digestion), and motor nerves guide physical motions by sending messages between the brain and muscles.
Speaking broadly, nerve damage can be caused by diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, sports injuries, and many other factors. However, in the context of medical malpractice, injury to a nerve generally results from one of two causes:
- Surgical errors. A delicate network of nerves circulates throughout the entire human body. A careless surgeon can accidentally cut or sever a nerve while attempting to excise tissue or close an opening.
- Anesthesia errors. Physical damage can occur if anesthesia is accidentally injected directly into a nerve.
Depending on factors like which nerve was injured and to what extent, the effects of nerve damage caused by medical malpractice can include:
- Motor Nerve Damage
- Atrophy (muscle wasting)
- Muscle weakness
- Sensory Nerve Damage
- Reduced physical sensation
- Tingling or burning sensations
- Autonomic Nerve Damage
- Bladder problems
- Inability to perceive pain/injury
- Sexual dysfunction
These types of complications can persist for the rest of the victim’s life, inflicting huge medical expenses while causing disruptions to employment. For instance, if a person sustains motor nerve damage and has partial loss of function in their dominant hand, they may no longer be able to perform their old job. Our attorneys will fight aggressively to recover compensation for your existing and projected medical bills, so that you can feel peace of mind about your family’s financial future.
The Oklahoma City malpractice lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook are committed to providing caring and compassionate legal guidance for the victims of negligent doctors. Call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 to arrange a free legal consultation, no matter how early it is in the morning or how late it is at night. We are here for you around the clock.